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Sober living homes provide a safe, drug-free environment for people recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. The basis behind sober living communities is to help people make a successful transition from intensive rehab treatments to independent living.

One of the primary obstacles to sustained abstinence for people in recovery is returning to a destructive environment that is strongly associated with substance abuse. By comparison, a sober living community allows the person to live independently in a safe, supportive environment where abstinence is a requirement of all residents.

In most cases, only people who have completed a rehab program are eligible to live in sober housing. It’s a stepping stone to returning back to independent living after completing an intensive rehab treatment program.

What Happens in a Sober Living Community?

People living in sober housing have an obligation to remain abstinent for the duration of their stay in the community. As others within the community are also experiencing similar challenges and struggles with their own recovery, they will hold others accountable for slipping back towards self-destructive patterns of behavior.

Some sober living homes may have strict curfew policies, requiring residents to be home by specified times. Residents may also be subjected to random drug tests at any time to prove their ongoing sobriety.

Regular attendance at group support therapy sessions are also required as part of ongoing treatment, although not everyone will have to continue intensive therapy sessions. Most communities in Oregon also provide access to recovery tools and resources needed to help maintain long-term sobriety.

An important step in the recovery process is relearning ways to live healthy, productive lives without the need for drugs or alcohol. As addiction causes people to act in irresponsible ways, it’s crucial to learn skills and coping tactics necessary for living independently, but also for being responsible for themselves and their actions.

Residents in sober living communities are expected to make a financial contribution towards their expenses. Some communities may subsidize rent expenses and the cost of utilities, but food bills and other living expenses must be paid for by the resident. This rule encourages recovering people to learn to take financial responsibility for their lifestyle, which includes finding work and keeping up with work obligations.

Benefits of Sober Living

There are numerous benefits to choosing to reside in a sober living community.

Aside from having a safe, drug-free environment in which to work through the recovery process, sober communities also provide a sense of social interaction with peers who understand the challenges the recovering person is going through. This reduces feelings of isolation and can help to relieve symptoms of anxiety.

There is also the opportunity to build new friendships and support networks among peers that can last long after treatment has ended. Some people may also form bonds with newly introduced non-addicted people, especially if the recovering person enrolls into an education course or participates in a job skills program. Having access to social networks that are not associated with previous substance abuse makes it easier to maintain sobriety once the person returns home.

Residents can also make a positive contribution in the lives of other recovering addicts who may be newer to the process than they are.  Helping another person through the process helps to highlight how far they’ve already come in their own recovery, but it also helps to increase self-esteem and confidence levels.

One of the major benefits of sober living is being removed from people and places associated with addictive drug use. While the person is resident within the community, they have the opportunity to learn healthy ways of living a balanced lifestyle before returning back to independent living. They can put into practice newly learned recovery tools and relapse prevention techniques they’ll need in order to thrive when they return back home.

It’s not too late to seek help for your addiction. Pick up the phone and speak with an addiction specialist today to learn more about the benefits of sober living.